India – Over 1.4 Million Hit by Floods in Assam

The flood situation continues in the state of Assam, north east India, where diaster athorities say more than 1.4 million people are now affected.

Rivers have been overflowing in the state since 20 June in the current spate of flooding. Since then 1.49 million people in 2,235 villages across 23 districts have been affected.

Barpeta is still the worst hit district, with 486,709 now people affected, an increase from 135,415 on 2 days earlier. Areas of South Salmara district have recently flooded, with 195,312 people affected. Other hard hit areas include Dhemaji, Nalbari, Morigaon and Goalpara districts, all with between 70,000 and 100,000 residents affected.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reports that, as of 30 June, 25,461 people were staying in relief camps, which is a fall of around 2,000 from 2 days ago. Over half of those displaced are in Tinsukia district, where 49 camps are housing 14,699 people. ASDMA report 3 more fatalities on 30 June; 2 in Barpeta and one in Dibrugarh.

As of 01 July, flood waters, showed some signs of receding in Udalguri and Kamrup districts, but continued in other districts including South Salmara, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia.

India’s Central Water Commission reported rivers were at “Severe Flood Situation” in 10 locations across the state as of 30 June. However, all were showing a falling or steady trend apart from the Kopili river at Dharamtul, Marigaon district, and the Brahmaputra river at Dhubri and Goalpara.

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